Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Whaling fleet prepares to kill Pacific whales

8 November 2005

Japan's whaling fleet prepares to kill Pacific whales

New Zealand is deeply alarmed at news Japan's whaling fleet has sailed to commence its newly expanded scientific whaling programme, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today.

"Hunting whales is like hunting tigers, gorillas or kiwi. New Zealanders regard it as unjustifiable, and unfortunately it is about to happen on an even larger scale," Mr Carter said.

"This year marks the start of a new scientific whaling programme by Japan which will see more than double the number of whales killed than under Japan's previous programmes. For the first time, the magnificent humpback and fin whales are to be included on Japan's menu of scientific study from 2007.

"Humpback and fin whales are severely depleted whales species, and New Zealand is very worried about the impact of further hunting on their numbers," Mr Carter said.

"To make matters worse, the fleets of Japan and other Northern Hemisphere nations are once again travelling outside of their own waters and all the way down to Antarctica to kill their scientific quota.

"The whales they take could be the same whales that migrate through the Pacific region, and the same ones New Zealanders and tourists alike enjoy watching off our coast.

"Most of the global community accept that killing whales is not necessary to study whale populations. Yet Japan continues to do so," Mr Carter said.

"Scientific whaling is only legal because the provisions in the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling (IWC) are out of step with modern conservation approaches. New Zealand is working to remedy this.

"In the meantime, we hope Japan and other whaling nations will come to realise the harm they are doing to fragile whale populations, and halt this year's hunt. There is still time," Mr Carter said.

ENDS

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Flaws In Anti-gang Laws


Google “Christopher Luxon“ and “mojo” and you get nearly 60,000 matching responses. Over the past 18 months – here and here and again, here – Luxon has claimed that New Zealanders have either lost their mojo and/or are in the process of re-finding it. With mojo in hand, New Zealanders will once more become a nation of over-achievers, blessed with the feisty Kiwi can-do spirit of yore.

But here’s the thing. According to Luxon, we’re naturally bold, inventive and self-reliant. Yet according to him, we’re also “wet, whiny and inward-looking”...
More


 
 

Government: GPS 2024: Over $20 Billion To Get Transport Back On Track
Transport Minister Simeon Brown has released the draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport, outlining the Coalition Government’s plan to build and maintain a transport system that enables people to get to where they need to go quickly and safely... More

ALSO:


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.